Perceptron Learning for Reuse Prediction Conference Paper uri icon


  • © 2016 IEEE. The disparity between last-level cache and memory latencies motivates the search for efficient cache management policies. Recent work in predicting reuse of cache blocks enables optimizations that significantly improve cache performance and efficiency. However, the accuracy of the prediction mechanisms limits the scope of optimization. This paper proposes perceptron learning for reuse prediction. The proposed predictor greatly improves accuracy over previous work. For multi-programmed workloads, the average false positive rate of the proposed predictor is 3.2%, while sampling dead block prediction (SDBP) and signature-based hit prediction (SHiP) yield false positive rates above 7%. The improvement in accuracy translates directly into performance. For single-Thread workloads and a 4MB last-level cache, reuse prediction with perceptron learning enables a replacement and bypass optimization to achieve a geometric mean speedup of 6.1%, compared with 3.8% for SHiP and 3.5% for SDBP on the SPEC CPU 2006 benchmarks. On a memory-intensive subset of SPEC, perceptron learning yields 18.3% speedup, versus 10.5% for SHiP and 7.7% for SDBP. For multi-programmed workloads and a 16MB cache, the proposed technique doubles the efficiency of the cache over LRU and yields a geometric mean normalized weighted speedup of 7.4%, compared with 4.4% for SHiP and 4.2% for SDBP.

author list (cited authors)

  • Teran, E., Wang, Z., & Jiménez, D. A.

citation count

  • 25

publication date

  • October 2016